Lawrence Bender is arguably one of the greatest film producers of our time and for good reason. He has produced hit films like Pulp Fiction, Inglorious Basterds, and Good Will Hunting, all of which did extremely well at the box office. He has won many awards for the spectacular films he has produced. In this article, we’re going to be breaking down Bender’s childhood, how he got his start in film, and my favorite movies produced by him.
Lawrence Bender grew up in The Bronx, New York City, New York to a Jewish family. While in high school, Bender aspired to be a civil engineer. Two reasons for that were because his grandpa was a civil engineer and that there were good jobs in the industry. After high school, Bender enrolled at the University of Maine to pursue that career. He graduated in 1979 with a degree in civil engineering.
Shortly after college, Bender really got into dancing. It was his dream to become a professional dancer. However, an injury permanently sidelined him, leading him to his love for creating films.
There are many great movies produced by Lawrence Bender like Inglorious Basterds, Good Will Hunting, and an Inconvenient Truth. My favorite movie of his would have to go to Good Will Hunting. In the movie, Will Hunting grows up as an orphan and faces many challenges from the abusive household. While in his 20s, Hunting works the late shift as a janitor at the university. He has a hidden mathematical intelligence that hasn’t been revealed to the world. One night while he is working, he solves an extremely difficult problem that astounds both the faculty and the students. Later, he is tracked down by the professor who then becomes his mentor. Will also has challenges with his relationship which the professor helps guide him through. Overall, I like the movie because of the challenges that Hunting faces.
Another film that I like produced by Lawrence Bender is An Inconvenient Truth. In the film, Al Gore goes on about global warming and how humans are accelerating it. Overall, it’s an interesting film that really highlights a big problem that we have in the world today.